Fitting tribute as miners’ banner goes on show

Len Wilson and Ray Middleton (far right) with other members of  Washington 'F' Pit Community Banner Group alongside the new home for the 'F' Pit banner.
Len Wilson and Ray Middleton (far right) with other members of Washington 'F' Pit Community Banner Group alongside the new home for the 'F' Pit banner.
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A HISTORIC miners’ banner has gone on permanent display at a community centre.

The 10ft replica of the Washington “F” Pit Banner is now housed in a specially-built display case at the Millennium Centre in Concord.

The case was paid for by a grant from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust, a group dedicated to improving the quality of life in Britain’s former mining communities.

Len Wilson, chairman of the Washington Pit Banner Group, said: “We are grateful for the trust, whose support and grant have enabled us to house the banner. This will be a fitting tribute to the miners of the Washington ‘F’ Pit.

“We would also like to thank our family, friends, the management of Usworth and Washington Gardeners’ Club and the staff of the Millennium Centre, where the banner is proudly displayed, for all their support.”